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Diarist, poet and court lady serving Her Imperial Majesty Sadako.

Sei Shonagon follows:
  • The first man who sneezes on New Year's Day.
  • A man who has helped his son gain the position of Chamberlain amidst stiff competition.
  • A young man chosen out of a few candidates to be son-in-law.
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  • The voice of someone blowing their nose while talking.
  • The expression of a woman plucking her eyebrows.
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  • A woman who has removed her extensions to comb the remaining hair she has.
  • A man with no status scolding staff.
  • The retreating figure of a defeated sumo wrestler.
  • A woman, upset with her husband, leaves home. She thinks he will go looking for her, but he doesn't and remains indifferent. She eventually goes home.
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  • A sword with a decorated scabbard.
  • Grain of the wood in a Buddhist statue.
  • Chamberlain of the Sixth Rank: despite his low position he dresses so sharply (yellowish-green robes!)
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  • Priests' language
  • Men and women speak differently
  • Common people add more syllables to their words.
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  • A thief who creeps into a house, hiding in a corner only to see that someone from the household snuck in to take something. Must be nice to see someone who has the same thieving nature.
  • Priests overhearing young women gossiping about others.
  • When a man, who with a woman he does not like very much, leads her on.
  • When a man who has seduced a helpless Court Lady and gotten her pregnant, abandons her.
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  • A dog howling in the day.
  • A scholar whose wife keeps giving birth to daughters.
  • A letter comes from out of town but there is no present that comes with it.
  • A red plum-blossom dress in the Third and Fourth Months.
  • And the worst of all: A woman expecting a visitor late at night, but the maid announces that the guest is someone quite unfamiliar.
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